Monday, February 24, 2014

The Popularity of Sport in Spain



There are many different sports associated with Spain, some of which are more popular than others. Sporting interests are often affected by cultural popularity and traditional values, with some of the most popular sports ranging from football (soccer) to bullfighting. Here’s how the various sports played in Spain rank in terms of popularity.

Tennis
There has been some notable progress in Spanish tennis during recent years with some of the biggest names in the sport originating from the warmth of the Mediterranean. Rafael Nadal is one of the most decorated tennis players in history and continues to carry the flag for tennis in Spain alongside fellow successful pros Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Robredo and David Ferrer. With tennis becoming such a popular sport for health and fitness benefits, more of the Spanish population are taking up the sport.

Skiing
You may be surprised to learn that there are various ski resorts present in Spain thanks its mountainous regions. Atop the snowy mountains in Spain you will be greeted with glorious sunshine at all the outstanding ski resorts across the country. With such a stable climate across the year, Spain is rarely affected by changeable weather so you’ll have excellent visibility when skiing.

Basketball
The Spanish have become famous for their talented Basketball team thanks to the major progression taking place over the years in the national league known as the ACB. It is one of the most recognised basketball leagues behind the NBA and many Spanish players have transferred over to the US to make the most of their talent. The Spanish are known for doing well in the Olympic Basketball tournaments and it is this major sporting event that gives Spanish basketball a platform to enhance its popularity.

Golf
The laidback attitude associated with many Spaniards is likely to relate to their passion for a day out at the golf course. Many regions of Spain, including the Costa del Sol, host a wide range of Golf courses including the famous course that hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997, Valderrama. The popularity of golf in Spain has grown thanks to the successes of major professional players such as Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sergio Garcia. Who wouldn’t want to experience a round of golf at some of the most idyllic destinations on the planet? The endless sunshine, sandy coastal regions and wonderful hospitality all contribute to an excellent golfing experience for tourists.

Football
There is no doubt that football (soccer) is the biggest sport in the country. The Spanish people treat the beautiful game as something of a religion, worshipping various football clubs across the country from the mighty Real Madrid and Barcelona to some of the smaller clubs in La Liga. Wherever you go in Spain, from well populated town squares to local village bars, you will certainly hear someone talking about football. As one of the biggest leagues in the world, La Liga has attracted some of the biggest names to Spanish shores in the past including the two best players in the world at the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

About the author: 
Crispin Hardacre is a sports fanatic living in the Costa del Sol. He has contributed this post on behalf of Panorama Properties, Marbella's leading Spanish real estate agent.